The parallel and async C# course takes off!

April 10, 2014 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

It was around a year ago that I first suggested to my colleagues at Edument that we might want to build a C# course focused on parallel, asynchronous and concurrent programming. The inspiration came from teaching the final two modules of our popular C# Masterclass, which provide a little coverage of these areas. I noticed it was one area of the course that participants particularly enjoyed – despite it being at the end of 3 information-dense days. And I found myself often jokingly pointing out that it’s a big enough area that we could spend 3 days on this area alone.

Turns out, the joke has become a sales pitch: we now really do have a 3-day course on those topics. It’s already been run twice, and already it’s confirmed that we will be running it twice more, in Stockholm in April and then in Malmo in May. Given this initial level of interest, I’m hopeful of many future deliveries – including some beyond Sweden.

For me, this is an enormously fun course to teach. I had the fortune of being lectured in concurrency by one of the leading experts in lock-free data structures back in my university days, and it created a curiosity for the topic that has never gone away. Since then, languages and libraries have evolved enormously. The .Net framework’s offerings these days are a huge improvement over what was available in the early days. However, there’s now a heck of a lot of choice:

  • Traditional threads and locks
  • Tasks
  • async/await
  • Concurrent collections
  • Rx
  • Parallel iteration
  • Parallel Linq
  • TPL Dataflow

What do they do? How do you know when to use what? What sorts of problems do they solve? The course looks at all of the above, covering the basic theory before moving on to practical examples of how they are applied. Participants get to take away my sample applications for all of them, as well as being able to try them out in exercises (which also come with sample solutions).


The prerequisites for the course are set fairly high: participants need not have experience in the areas covered, but should most certainly have up-to-date C# skills. That means being comfortable with generics, lambda expressions and Linq – key ingredients of elegant C# code. These are used quite heavily in the .Net framework’s parallel, async and concurrent programming features, and therefore are relied upon heavily in the course. Thankfully, for anybody who feels they aren’t really up on these topics, we’ve other courses to get you there.

Anyway, I look forward to bringing the course to Stockholm later this month, and doing it on home turf at Edument’s Malmo teaching center in May. There are certainly some spots left in Malmo, and probably some in Stockholm too. And, as with all of our courses, we’re happy to offer it on-site at your company too!

Learn more about the course and book it direct with Edument!



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